I am a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in encaustic painting, mixed-media drawing and sculpture. 2010 is the centenary of the first completely abstract image - a watercolour by Wassily Kandinsky. This milestone has lately inspired my artistic direction. My drawings were the beginning of this exporation and I have continued this with my latest body of work of encaustic paintings. I have always been interested in environmental issues and my sculptures voice my concerns. They mix found objects from the computer and electronic industries (such as networking wire, floppy discs and VHS tape) with Home Arts (such as knitting, crochet, origami or sewing). This work also comments on issues such as gender stereotyping, the short life span of today’s technology, consumerism and the loss of personal and family memories.
Michelle Salter is a resident of Stratford, Ontario. She is a graduate from the University of Waterloo with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Studio. Salter is a member of a number of artists' groups including Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, in Toronto; Gallery 96, an artist-run centre in Stratford, Ontario; and the Crit Group in Kitchener, Ontario. Her artwork has shown in numerous commercial and public galleries across the province.
Encaustic paintings 2010 - 11
To view selected encaustic paintings, please click here.
Selected work from Refraction: Experiments in Abstract-surrealism in 2009
Work from previous solo exhibitions including ReArt in 2008 and Waste Not...Now What in 2007